The trade deadline for the 2011-12 season was not as eventful as many fans would have liked to see. While so many professional sports are too scared to make trades, one of the unique things about the NHL is that the trade deadline is usually a frantic experience where teams are dealing right up to the last minute.
When the deadline was approaching everyone knew that the L.A. Kings were looking to acquire a top level goal scorer to add some fire power to their struggling offense.
A few days before the deadline hit, the Kings made a move to acquire Columbus Blue Jacket’s forward Jeff Carter for defenseman Jack Johnson and a 2012 first-round draft pick.
Carter has only been with the Kings for four games so far, but his addition to the team has made a huge difference. Since joining the team, Carter has been a solid contributor, but hasn’t had amazing numbers. While Carter hasn’t been carrying the team, the trade has been a total success so far, and here are five reasons why.